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Dane Jobost, a part-time police officer with the Deerfield Police Department, originally from Athol, currently commuting from Worcester, gives a written warning to a woman he stopped for speeding on Main Street in Deerfield Tuesday afternoon, October 6. Jobost, still in training, was hired in July of this year. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Don’t care to share: South County cool to study on police regionalization

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A study that looks at how the police departments of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately could consolidate or regionalize their services was met with little enthusiasm during a recent meeting of the town’s police chiefs and selectmen, with some saying that such a plan could cost more than it would provide in benefits. The study was performed by … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being safe and secure online. Presenters include members of the United States Attorney’s Office as well … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” … 0

Sunderland likes it hot: Chilifest set for Saturday

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — You may think it’s hot now, but just wait until this weekend in Sunderland, where the fourth annual Chilifest will be held at Mike’s Maze on South Main Street. The festival, organized by The Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, will be held Saturday and Sunday from … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to … 0

Alice in Sunderland: The high-tech making of this fall’s Mike’s Maze is a family affair

Friday, September 4, 2015

SUNDERLAND — This fall, it won’t take a trip down any rabbit holes along the banks of the Connecticut River to experience Sunderland’s own version of Wonderland. At Warner’s Farm on South Main Street, this year’s design for … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as … 0

Letter: Cartoon a new low

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Recorder has recently fed its readers a steady diet of cartoons that denigrate Republicans. The Aug. 21 Recorder published a cartoon that reached a new low. It equated Republicans, that would include me and some of my closest friends and neighbors, with slavers, murderers and ISIS. The … 0

Letter: Prison reform

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How is it that a country that makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, can make up nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison population? The United States has approximately 2.3 million people incarcerated at this very moment. For the first time in years, President Obama … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, … 0

Letter: ‘Fine Southerners’ not the issue

Monday, August 31, 2015

I would like to offer a different perspective to Lou Barber’s Southern experience and his support for the “sacred” Confederate flag in his Aug. 24 letter. Mr. Barber grew up in western Massachusetts and has lived in the South for 60 years. In contrast, I have lived in … 0